Import substitution comes knocking on Windows
Public authorities appear wholly unable to introduce import substitution into software. This is the second time this year that the procurement of computers with Microsoft software for the Internal Affairs Ministry has raised questions at the Federation Council. They believe that the department turned away without just cause from similar, domestically produced software. Experts point to a loophole: Officials are currently not prevented from procuring foreign computers, the manufacturers of which install the software themselves. The opinion of leading expert from the Institute for Public Administration and Governance of NRU HSE Dmitry Kozhevnikov and other specialists can be found in newspaper article in Kommersant.
Total Import Substitution Imposed on Mobile Operators
To ensure state sovereignty of the Russian Federation by as early as 2020, networks of Russian communications operators and data centres shall consist of 85% equipment domestic manufacturers. Such is the proposal contained in the "roadmap", drawn up by the working group under the Russian presidential administration.
Leading expert from the Institute for Public Administration and Governance at NRU HSE Dmitry Kozhevnikov notes after studying the document that analysis of the current situation in the industry within this "roadmap" seems somewhat partisan, as it concentrates on foreign economic factors, while the indicators and their dynamic appear contrived.